Are you a Veteran artist and leather crafter? The Veterans Celebrating Autumn Leather Crafting Competition is accepting competition submissions now through Sept. 22.

Challenge America and Tandy Leather are inviting Veteran leather crafters to submit their best pieces celebrating autumn by participating in the partnership’s first-ever competition.

leather competition for VeteransThe leather crafting competition offers Veteran artists a unique opportunity to showcase their talent and are welcome in the new season.

From August 15 to September 22, Veterans are encouraged to submit one original piece of leather work under the theme, “Celebrating Autumn.” A panel of judges will select the top finalists, which will then go to a popular vote to determine the first, second and third-place winners. Winners’ work will be showcased in Challenge America and Tandy Leather’s newsletters and social media channels, as well as receive a Tandy gift card of $100 (first place), $75 (second place), or $50 (third place).

The deadline for submissions is September 22.

To learn more and to submit your artwork, visit and click “request to join.”


CAVARTS is a national Veteran arts and crafts community designed for Veterans and service members to come together around their shared interest in the creative arts and explore new opportunities to connect, learn and grow through the arts and crafts. If you or a Veteran you know is looking for a creative outlet, a chance to hone your craft, and camaraderie with a positive community, CAVARTS is just the place. Go to to learn more.

Challenge America recently partnered with Tandy Leather to bring leathercrafting workshops to the CAVARTS community. They are currently offering two workshops per month through the CAVARTS platform. Tandy Leather was founded in 1919 with the dream of sharing leathercraft with the world. Today, they continue their legacy as a source of quality leather, tools, and teaching materials for leather workers everywhere. Visit to learn more.

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By Maggie Tolan

Program director, Challenge America

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Published on Aug. 17, 2022

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  1. James August 19, 2022 at 3:33 am

    Where do I actually submit my piece? I don’t see it on CAVARTS.

  2. Joseph P Curl August 18, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Im looking for a vet leather crafter for a project.
    Do you have a directory?

    • Dave August 19, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      I’m an intermediate crafter myself. 24 years, Air Force. Making mostly bags and pouches and wallets. Can I be of any help?

  3. Jim August 17, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    WOW…the money prize will in many cases barely cover the cost of the leather/supplies. No to mention the time (hours of work)

    • Santos August 19, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you for your service sir, uniform Charlie bravo kilo

    • Nicholas Moeller September 5, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      It’s not a job Jim. It’s suppose to be fun and relaxing. Were sharing our projects with other members as a expression of our craft. I’ve entered dozens of projects in local and state fares just in the hope to win a ribbon and to see how I stand up to my fellow leather crafters. Just my opinion. – Nick

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